Rheumatoid Arthritis is a systemic autoimmune disease which affects over 1.3 million Americans. This disorder is characterized by joint pain, deformity or total loss of function. Although the incidence of cancer isn’t frequent in the case of Rheumatoid Arthritis patients, they are highly exposed to excess cancer risk factors.
Recent medical advances report that your dietary habits are potentially associated with the occurrence of both rheumatoid arthritis and cancer. According to the World Health Organization, up to 50% of cancers can be prevented by following a well-balanced diet and taking the right behavioral measures.
Indeed, obesity and foods deficient in nutrients such as concentrated sugar (e.g. fructose, treacle, corn syrup, white or brown sugar); consumption of red meat with low fiber intake and unbalanced Omega6 to Omega3 ratio; increase the risk of developing diabetes and cancer respectively. Hence, the importance of following a healthy diet based on whole-grain foods, abundant portions of fresh fruits and veggies and low in saturated fat and sugar.
In this evidence-based article, we’ll take a look at the top 7 foods rheumatoid arthritis and cancer-causing foods you should immediately cut out.
Though not technically a food, tobacco leaves are often put inside people’s bodies through smoking and, of late, increasingly being used as a food flavoring.
It’s no surprise that tobacco causes cancer. A recent study showed that smokers are more exposed to overall risk of cancer than non-smokers. While not all studies found similar results, the association between the two is well-established.
The same applies to rheumatoid arthritis as smoking represents an extrinsic factor for its development and severity. Indeed, cigarette smoking has multiple negative effects on the immune system, notably degraded joints and connective tissue problems. Moreover, recent advances suggest that anti-TNF drugs used to treat arthritis rheum are made less effective because of smoking.